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George Town festival snubs local literary talent

George Town festival snubs local literary talent | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

As Amir Muhammad says. "Why didn't Cecil Rajendra just come clean and use his real name when sending this letter?" If it is him, it is most odd because he was invited to take part and declined it!

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What book would you send to someone in prison?

What book would you send to someone in prison? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Leading authors have shared what books they would send an inmate and why, as part of the campaign Books for Prisoners. Which copy would you send and for what reasons?


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Some very nice reading suggestions from authors, and even more in the comments.

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Pulitzer Prize For Fiction Announced

Pulitzer Prize For Fiction Announced | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
2014's Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has been awarded to Donna Tartt, for her latest novel The Goldfinch.

Tartt's sprawling epic triumphed over the two other nominees, The Son by Philip Meyer and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis.

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Well done, Donna Tartt.  Not read yet, but will.

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Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature

Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature 

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A very useful resource.

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Kamila Shamsie: 'Where is the American writer writing about America in Pakistan? There is a deep lack of reckoning'

Kamila Shamsie: 'Where is the American writer writing about America in Pakistan? There is a deep lack of reckoning' | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

"I am deeply critical of American writers for their total failure to engage with the American empire. It's a completely shocking failure, not of any individual writer … but it's the strangest thing to look around and say, 'Where is the American writer writing about America in Afghanistan, America in Pakistan?'. At a deep level, there is a lack of reckoning.

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Talented shortlist for the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Talented shortlist for the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Book awards season has opened with a bang and patterns are quickly emerging. Five novels shortlisted in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards were also longlisted last week for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
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50 Australian Books To Read Before You Die

50 Australian Books To Read Before You Die | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
From classic Bryce Courtenay to Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.
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Top Literary Cities in the U.S.

Top Literary Cities in the U.S. | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
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Scott award shortlist revealed

Scott award shortlist revealed | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
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The shortlisted books are:

  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  • Harvest by Jim Crace
  • Fair Helen by Andrew Greig
  • An Officer And A Spy by Robert Harris
  • The Promise by Ann Weisgarber
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The Desmond Elliott Prize 2014: reviews of longlisted titles

The Desmond Elliott Prize 2014: reviews of longlisted titles | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The Desmond Elliott Prize 2014 has today announced its longlist of ten debut novelists. Here are the Telegraph's reviews of the longlisted titles
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Longlisted titles with links to reviews in some cases:


Meeting the English by Kate Clanchy

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan:
Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera

Ballistics by DW Wilson

Sedition by Katharine Grant
The Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt

The Letter Bearer by Robert Allison

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Philip Roth interview: 'The horror of being caged has lost its thrill' - Telegraph

Philip Roth interview: 'The horror of being caged has lost its thrill' - Telegraph | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Two years after he announced his retirement, the great American novelist Philip Roth reflects on the freedom of a life without writing
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One Foot in Each of Two Worlds, and a Pen at Home in Both

One Foot in Each of Two Worlds, and a Pen at Home in Both | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The writer Leila Aboulela, who was born in Egypt and raised in Sudan, and has long lived in Scotland, is sometimes criticized for taking a perspective outside of a purely Muslim, Arab or African viewpoint.
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David Malouf turns 80

David Malouf turns 80 | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
David Malouf, perhaps Australia's most important living writer, has turned 80. Tracing a body of work that hops as easily across genres as its author does across continents, Tiger Webb explains why there will be no shortage of guests at the author's birthday celebrations.
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Watch Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Adichie in Coversation

Watch Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Adichie in Coversation | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Authors Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Adichie sat down for a dialogue on Adichie's latest novel, Americanah, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem,  
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How Salman Rushdie Survived the Satanic Verses Fatwa

How Salman Rushdie Survived the Satanic Verses Fatwa | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, and other literary icons recall Rushdie’s days hiding from the Ayatollah’s wrath.
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Microdigression: Understanding Poetry.

Microdigression: Understanding Poetry. | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Understanding Poetry.

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Funny and sweet cartoon: Understanding Poetry by Grant Snider. There are some important truths in there too.

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The winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are ...

The winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are ... | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded Friday night at USC's Bovard Auditorium. The winners in 10 categories included a first-generation Chinese American, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and one of the bestselling authors of all time (sort of).
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Among the winners:

Fiction: “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: “We Need New Names” by NoViolet Bulawayo


 
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Fred Stenson's curator insight, April 13, 8:49 AM

Ruth Ozeki wins in fiction. 

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Sue Townsend, creator of hapless and much-loved Adrian Mole, dies aged 68

Sue Townsend, creator of hapless and much-loved Adrian Mole, dies aged 68 | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Novelist achieved worldwide success with publication of her best-known work The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4
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 Goodbye Sue Townsend and thanks for such fun reads.

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2014 Shortlist for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

2014 Shortlist for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
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So happy to see Tan Twan Eng's Garden of Evening Mists there!

But there's a whole lot of good reads to discover!

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Reading is different online than off, experts say

Reading is different online than off, experts say | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading
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Interesting theory, but not sure it holds water. Good readers have always used a variety of skills to process text.
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Are We Entering a Golden Age of the Second Novel?

Are We Entering a Golden Age of the Second Novel? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
If a first novel fails to become a blockbuster, as almost all of them do, publishers are less inclined to get behind the follow-up by a writer who has gained a dubious track record but has lost tha...
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Julian Barnes's pseudonymous detective novels stay under cover

Julian Barnes's pseudonymous detective novels stay under cover | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
John Dugdale: The crime fiction he wrote as Dan Kavanagh in the 80s is being reissued with a very low profile
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My hero: George Orwell by John Carey

My hero: George Orwell by John Carey | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Orwell was a truth-teller whose courage and sense of social justice made him a secular saint.


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Grayling's book ban: Prisoners should be encouraged to read more, not less

Grayling's book ban: Prisoners should be encouraged to read more, not less | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Has the Ministry of Justice lost all sense of proportion, if not humanity? It is difficult to conclude anything else from the decision to put a blanket ban on friends and families sending so-called “small items” to prisoners. That such an embargo might apply to personal items such as birthday cards or underwear would be troubling enough, in the context of a penal system supposedly focused on rehabilitation of criminals rather than dehumanising treatment to push them further still from social norms. That it also applies to books is beyond belief.
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British prisoners may not be allowed to receive gifts of books.  This is ridiculous because reading always changes us for the better.

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Lesley Hussell's curator insight, March 26, 3:14 AM

Will the next step be banning imagination?

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Awkward book about dating wins oddest book title award

Awkward book about dating wins oddest book title award | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
A tongue-in-cheek book that purports to deal with an awkward but critical issue, 'How to Poo on a Date', scooped an award for the Oddest Book Title of the Year.
Sharon Bakar's insight:

Oddest book titles for a giggle - but some of these books sound genuinely interesting! 

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Shortlist 2014 - The Stella Prize

Shortlist 2014 - The Stella Prize | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

The Stella Prize is delighted to announce the second-ever Stella Prize shortlist.From more than 160 entries, this year’s Stella Prize judges – critic and writer Kerryn Goldsworthy (chair); journalist and broadcaster Annabel Crabb; author and academic Brenda Walker; bookseller Fiona Stager; and writer and lecturer Tony Birch – selected a longlist of twelve books, which they have now narrowed down to a shortlist of six. Three works of fiction, three of nonfiction: six great books by Australian women.

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The shortlisted authors:


Hannah Kent - Burial Rites
Fiona McFarlane - Night Guest
Anna Krien - Night Games

Kristina Olsson - Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir

Alexis Wright - The Swan Book

Clare Wright - The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

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